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ISSUE 5
September 2013
Rimini Street Recognized
Rimini Street recently won several awards recognizing its growth and commitment to service excellence for both its clients and employees. The Company was once again named an Inc. 500-5000 Fastest-Growing Private Company based on 149% revenue growth between 2009 and 2012, and was the only third-party enterprise software support provider to be named to the list. Rimini Street was also awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Awards for service leadership and excellence in the following categories: Customer Service Team of the Year, Support Department Team of the Year and Human Resources Department of the Year.

Rimini Street Delivers Global Tax, Legal and Regulatory Updates
The most recent global tax, legal and regulatory updates, including changes for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the US, RTI updates for the UK and Consumption Tax changes for Japan, were distributed to PeopleSoft, SAP, JD Edwards and EBS clients across the US, Canada, the UK, Brazil, Australia and Japan. To date, Rimini Street has distributed more than 55,000 updates to hundreds of clients around the world. Read press release.

Rimini Street Named Top Workplace
Thanks to our dedication to creating a company culture that encourages innovation, offers opportunity for growth and fosters pride and camaraderie, Rimini Street was once again honored to earn recognition as one of the Bay Area's "Top Workplaces" from the Bay Area News Group. This award is based on survey results from more than 52,000 employees across 1,400+ companies. Read press release.

The Word on the Street
“Gartner has seen an increased awareness and interest in third-party support options for SAP, which can be leveraged to reduce maintenance and support costs.” — Gartner, “Leverage Key Trends Impacting SAP Maintenance and Support Costs to Negotiate Better Deals,” June 14, 2013
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Rimini Street clients don't stand still! Just days ago the CIO of United Biscuits was named SuperNova Award Finalist for his innovative use of third-party support from Rimini Street. Also this month, we announced how The Valspar Corporation has selected Rimini Street as its third-party support partner to help enhance its global budget in support of the company's top corporate initiatives. Meanwhile, US-based horticulture supplier Color Spot Nurseries is actively expanding its SAP footprint nationwide with help from Rimini Street. Read this issue of Street Wise to see how clients are moving forward under Rimini Street Support.

— David Rowe, SVP & CMO

Client Success
United Biscuits CIO Named SuperNova Award Finalist for Leveraging Rimini Street
CIO Steve Airton of United Biscuits, a leading UK manufacturer of branded snacks, was named a finalist for Constellation Research's SuperNova Awards in the Technology Optimization and Innovation category. Airton was recognized for his use of Rimini Street Support for SAP to help drive improvements and innovate around the edges of his core SAP system, while significantly reducing maintenance costs and improving the level of service his company receives. Read press release.

Valspar Corporation Partners with Rimini Street to Enhance Global IT Budget Efficiency and Effectiveness
Valspar, one of the world's premier international paint and coatings manufacturers, recently moved to Rimini Street support for its EBS 11.5.10 release and was able to reallocate a portion of its total global IT budget with the stroke of a pen. The Fortune-ranked company is using its significant savings to focus on strategic growth in support the company's top corporate initiatives. Read press release.

Color Spot Nurseries Expands SAP Footprint with Rimini Street
Color Spot Nurseries, a leading wholesale producer and distributor of specialty horticulture, has continued to successfully expand its SAP landscape to meet growing and changing business needs while leveraging Rimini Street Support since 2010. Read press release.

SAP Beat
Gartner Verifies Third-Party Support Option Gives Customers Leverage in Maintenance Contract Negotiations
In a new report, Gartner notes it “has seen an increased awareness and interest in third-party support options for SAP, which can be leveraged to reduce maintenance and support costs." Alexa Bona and Roberto Sacco, “Leverage Key Trends Impacting SAP Maintenance and Support Costs to Negotiate Better Deals,” Gartner, June 14, 2013. Download report.

Research from Rimini Street Reveals Major Cost Savings by SAP Customers Moving to Third-Party Support
A new Rimini Street research report demonstrates that SAP clients adopting Rimini Street Support realize savings far beyond 50 percent savings on annual maintenance fees: they also save on upgrade avoidance, support for customizations and maintenance efficiencies. Rimini Street, "Assessing the Business Case for Third-Party Support for SAP." Read report.

Oracle Beat
Wall Street Journal Advises Oracle Customers to “Consider All Available Options”
The Wall Street Journal reported that the vast majority of Oracle application users did not feel the need to upgrade from the company’s Applications Unlimited suite and that there is still a perception that Oracle will force customers to move to Fusion. Forrester Research’s Paul Hamerman, quoted in the WSJ article, said that customers should “consider all available options for the Oracle portfolio, including switching vendors.” Tom Loftus, “Oracle Customers Must Consider All Available Options,” The Wall Street Journal, CIO Journal Blog, June 5, 2013. Read story.

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